There is a list of foods that have been made popular to the general public due to their health benefits. Some of these foods actually present significant danger to your health – not because they are worse than the known ‘bad foods’, but because consumers have been deceived to believe they are eating something that is truly beneficial when it’s not the case at all.
Here are some of the foods that have a reputation of providing great health benefit, but in reality because more damage than good.
Juicing and Juices
We all know how important fruit and vegetables are to our daily diet. Juicing seems like a great method to consume all nutritional goodness quickly and easily. The problem is that juicing separates the fibre from the fruit or vegetable. Though there will be the vitamin and nutrient content in the beverage, the drink will mostly consist of sugars. Also, because the bulk has been removed, the quantity of juice will be quite small. This means that a high quantity of fruit or vegetable must be processed in order to have a decently sized drink – this boosts up the calories even more.
Wholegrain/Whole-wheat versus Wheat
Foods that are 100% wholegrain have a large amount of complexity in terms of nutrients – providing soluble and insoluble fibre, good carbohydrates, protein. Products labelled as containing ‘wheat’ contain products that are low in fibres and protein. Wheat has been stripped of some of the goodness that would make it a whole-wheat, so all that is left is a product that is high in carbohydrates but low in nutrients.
We have been told about how important it is to replace lost electrolytes when we sweat during physical activity. Sports drinks have been marketed as the perfect solution, when in fact they are a sugary concoction of additives and calories which are unnecessary for the body. A banana would be perfectly good, so would coconut water. A dash of sea salt in your meal (if not already seasoned) would be the icing on the cake.
Protein Bars and Shakes
Protein supplements are a quick and convenient way to nourish the body with protein. Whether it is taken as a post-workout option or a meal replacement, it’s become such a popular choice that it has spurred a multi-billion dollar industry. Some of these products are perfectly good for you, but others are so detrimental to health that it defeats the purpose of taking them in the first place. The supplements which are bad for you are those that are loaded with artificial colourings, sugars and preservatives. Make sure you read the ingredient list to make sure you are making the right choice.
Diet drinks have been looked at as the perfect solution to their sugary counterparts. We all have heard the slogan ‘’All the taste, but none of the calories’’. While the calorie content of these drinks are low, it doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous to health. First of all, the high caffeine and salt content leads to dehydration. The high phosphate content wreaks havoc on your bones because phosphates draw calcium from your bones, which can lead to brittleness. Finally, studies have shown that sweeteners such as aspartame lead to significant weight gain. There hasn’t been any solid evidence as to why, but popular thinking is that the sweetness of aspartame has tricked the body’s metabolic system.
There is a seemingly never-ending list of foods that should be on this list, but we cannot name them all. Developing the habit to always read labels will go a long way to making smart decisions about your food choices.